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Industrial Oil Petrochemical (IOP) situated in Jacobs, South of Durban, pollutes a 'stinky' smell that resulted in many factory workers illness on the day.
Photographer: Oliver Meth

November 19, 2007 - A fire broke out at the Engen oil refinery, south of Durban.

Firefighters were unable to get close to the scene to contain the fire, which burnt over a two day period, leaving thick smog in the air.

Residents expressed anger that no emergency sirens were sounded to alert them of the dangers and no evacuation procedures are being activated. To date, there is no emergency evacuation plan in place for residents of South Durban, should another refinery explosion occur. Residents are concerned for their safety.
Photographer: Oliver Meth

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